Quincy, MA
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Quincy is a larger medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 93,618 people and 20 constituent neighborhoods, Quincy is the eighth largest community in Massachusetts. Much of the housing stock in Quincy was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Housing costs in Quincy are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in Massachusetts.

Quincy is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 86.65% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Quincy is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Quincy who work in office and administrative support (13.77%), management occupations (9.45%), and sales jobs (9.21%).

Also of interest is that Quincy has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

One of the nice things about Quincy is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

In Quincy, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 34.62 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit. In addition, the city is also quite pedestrian-friendly, because many neighborhoods are very dense and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Quincy is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the subway helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Quincy area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

The education level of Quincy ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Quincy, 40.42% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in Quincy in 2010 was $34,669, which is lower middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $138,676 for a family of four. However, Quincy contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Quincy is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Quincy home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Quincy residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Quincy include Italian, English, German, and French .

In addition, Quincy has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (29.65%).

The most common language spoken in Quincy is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Vietnamese.